It is not too soon to be thinking about plans for the month of October at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM). Once again the Faculty Artist Series will dominate the calendar, this time with greater variation in venue and pricing. There will also be several other significant performances. All events will take place in the SFCM building at 50 Oak Street, between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street, a short walk from the Van Ness Muni station. As always readers are encouraged to consult the Events Calendar at the SFCM Web site for the most up-to-date information about any of these offerings. Specifics for the Faculty Artist Series programs, in chronological order, are as follows:
Sunday, October 2, 8 p.m., Recital Hall: Jeffrey Anderson, Principal Tuba with the San Francisco Symphony, will give a solo recital. The program has not yet been announced. However, the concert will be free; and no reservations will be required.
Monday, October 3, 7:30 p.m., Concert Hall: Violist Jodi Levitz will give her annual recital. The program has not yet been announced, but she will be joined by pianist Robin Sutherland and clarinetist Carlos Ortega. This concert will require tickets, which are $20 for general admission and $15 for students, seniors, and Conservatory members. Tickets may be purchased online from a Click4tix event page.
Monday, October 10, 7:30 p.m., Concert Hall: This concert will be presented by the Co-Directors of Switchboard Music, composer Ryan Brown and clarinetists Jeff Anderle and Annie Phillips. They will be collaborating with SFCM students to present a multimedia event. Details of the program have not yet been announced. This will again be free, and no reservations will be required.
Monday, October 31, 6 p.m., Recital Hall: Timothy Higgins, Principal Trombone of the San Francisco Symphony, will present a concert exploring the solo repertoire for his instrument. The specifics have not yet been released, but the composers included on the program will be Paul Hindemith, Gustav Mahler, and Philip Wharton. This is another concert that will require tickets, which are $20 for general admission and $15 for students, seniors, and Conservatory members. Tickets may be purchased online from a Click4tix event page.
In addition tenor Brian Thorsett will present the first Alumni Artist Insights program of the season. Details have not yet been announced; but the concert will take place in the Recital Hall on Tuesday, October 11, beginning at 8 p.m. There will be no charge for admission, but reservations will be required. Seating will be general admission, and reservations may be requested through an online application page.
The Conservatory Orchestra will give its first season program following the debut of conductor Eric Dudley during Kick-Off Weekend. The concerto soloist will be cello student Evan Kahn, playing Dmitri Shostakovich’s Opus 107 cello concerto, the first of two by that composer. This will also be the concert at which the Orchestra will present the world premiere of the latest composition to win the Highsmith Award, “Within a Forest Dark,” by composition student David Grahame Taylor. The second half of the program will be devoted entirely to Johannes Brahms’ Opus 98 (fourth) symphony in E minor. This program will be given two performances on Saturday, October 22, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 23, at 2 p.m., respectively. As always, tickets will be $20 for general admission and $15 for students, seniors, and Conservatory members. Click4tix has separate event pages for the Saturday and Sunday concerts, each with a chart showing available seats.
Finally, Warren Jones will conduct a Master Class for students in the Collaborative Piano Department. As is usually the case, participating students and the works they will present will not be announced until shortly before the class itself. It will take place on Friday, October 28, in the Recital Hall. While free and open to the general public, reservations will be required. Seating will be general admission, and reservations may be requested through an online application page.